AMD Specialist

University Retina

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in Oak Forest, IL & Bedford Park, IL

Dryness, blurry vision, or trouble recognizing faces could be symptoms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If you’re having any of these symptoms, visit University Retina at one of their locations in Oak Forest, Bedford Park, Lemont, or Downers Grove, Illinois. A team of board-certified ophthalmologists and retina specialists can treat AMD and other conditions that affect your eyesight. Call today or schedule online to book your first appointment.

AMD Q & A

What is AMD?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the macula, which is a part of the retina. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60, and it progresses slowly enough that people often don’t realize they have a problem.

There are two main types of AMD: dry AMD and wet AMD. With dry AMD, your macula thins gradually and can develop protein deposits that affect your vision. With wet AMD, blood vessels near the retina begin leaking fluid into the macula, which scars the tissue.

In both types, the retina deteriorates, which leads to a loss of direct vision. Many patients with AMD retain peripheral vision, but it, too, may deteriorate if AMD is left untreated.

What causes AMD?

AMD can be related to several genetic and environmental factors. It’s more common as you age, but you’re also more likely to develop AMD if you:

  • Have a family history of AMD
  • Smoke
  • Are obese
  • Have cardiovascular diseases

Caucasians are more likely to develop AMD, and it may also be more common in people with high blood pressure.

How is AMD treated?

Treatment for AMD depends on several factors, including your age and your current eye health. At University Retina, your physician can customize a treatment plan to meet your needs. Possibilities include:

  • Medication: to stop new blood vessel growth or to prevent fluid leakage
  • Low-vision aids: devices to help you see more clearly
  • Surgery: specialized procedures can address blood vessel growth, retinal health, scar tissue, and other problems that contribute to AMD

Your physician might also recommend lifestyle changes to help prevent future problems. These might include weight loss, quitting smoking, nutrition recommendations, and more.

To schedule a consultation about AMD treatment with a University Retina physician, call today or book an appointment online.